Refugee Migration and Integration Revisited: Lessons from the Recent Past. The IAB-ECSR interdisciplinary conference

hosted by the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) and the European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR)

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Start: 14 May 2020

End: 15 May 2020

  • Title

    Refugee Migration and Integration Revisited:
    Lessons from the Recent Past.
    The IAB-ECSR interdisciplinary Conference


    Due to the global corona virus crisis, we have decided to postpone the IAB-ECSR interdisciplinary conference. We inform you as soon as we have further clarity on the new date for the conference.


    Germany has emerged as the leading destination of refugees in the EU and among other high-income countries in absolute terms at 1.6 million asylum applications, which have been submitted there from 2015 to 2018. More than two-thirds of the refugee population in Germany has already received a protection status, another one-fifth of the applications are still pending. Almost five years after the surge in refugee migration to Germany and other European countries in 2015 we aim to draw first conclusions of what has been achieved regarding the integration of refugees into the economy and other areas of society in the leading destination countries of asylum-seekers in the EU and worldwide.

    The conference aims to bring together demographers, economists, sociologists and political scientists to discuss the most critical lessons on refugee integration in Europe and encourages contributions on the following topics:

    refugee migration, family reunification and patterns of settlement;
    selection of refugees;
    asylum procedures and effectiveness of integration programs;
    refugee penalty and labor market integration;
    educational and training opportunities for refugees and their offspring;
    social integration and family dynamics;
    language and cultural integration;
    health and traumata;
    effects on host country economy and population.

    We invite researchers to submit Abstracts of max. 1000 words (plus three keywords) to Please, also indicate the preferred presentation format (panel or poster presentation).

    Keynote Speakers

    Jesús Fernández-Huertas Moraga, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
    Elias Dinas, European University Institute
    Rawan Arar, University of Washington



    Yuliya Kosyakova (IAB & University of Mannheim)
    Herbert Brücker (IAB, BIM & Humboldt University)


    Scientific Committee

    Silke Anger (IAB & University of Bamberg), Stefan Bernhard (IAB & FAU), Herbert Brücker (IAB, BIM & Humboldt University), Christian Czymara (Goethe University Frankfurt), Anette Haas (IAB), Jannes Jacobsen (DIW & & Humboldt University), Agnieszka Kanas (University of Amsterdam), Irena Kogan (University of Mannheim), Cornelia Kristen (University of Bamberg), Yuliya Kosyakova (IAB & University of Mannheim), Zerrin Salikutluk (BIM & Humboldt University), Ehsan Valizadeh (IAB & University of Bamberg).


    Important Dates

    The following dates are not valid anymore and will be updated as soon as possible.

    • February 15, 2020: Deadline for submission
    • March 15, 2020: Notification of acceptance

    • March 15, 2020: Start for registration (
    • April 12, 2020: Deadline for registration (


    Conference Fee, Travel Costs and Accommodation (ECSR travel award)

    There will be no fee for the conference. 

    The ECSR will cover travels and accommodation costs up to 750€ for four outstanding PhD students. In order to be eligible for a travel award, the applicant must be the sole author, or the first author of the paper and the full paper must be submitted to and accepted by the workshop committee. Only PhD students or researchers, who submitted their PhDs no earlier than 2019 are eligible.

    Please note that there will be photos taken at the event. They are used free of charge and without commercial interests for information and public relations.

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